Democratic rights

Environmental Justice Australia helps communities gain access to justice, whether it’s defending community members’ right to object to inappropriate developments, defending the right to advocate and protest, being a watchdog of EPAs (environmental protection agencies), or helping communities navigate complex environmental impact assessments when new mines are proposed.

The principle of environmental justice holds that it is unjust for one part of the community to bear more than its share of environmental burden (and associated impacts such as those on human health).

Communities in Melbourne’s west have long endured pollution and health impacts from landfills, heavy truck traffic and toxic dumping, so we work with groups like MTAG – the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group – and WREC – the Western Region Environment Centre – to help those communities enforce their democratic rights.

Law Institute of Victoria awards

Law Institute of Victoria awards

May 24, 2016

Independent review of the Victorian EPA released

Independent review of the Victorian EPA released

May 17, 2016

Submission guide to the EPA review

Submission guide to the EPA review

October 23, 2015

Stand up for standing

Stand up for standing

September 8, 2015

Coal Seam Gas inquiry

Coal Seam Gas inquiry

August 25, 2015

Achieving environmental justice through human rights

Achieving environmental justice through human rights

June 29, 2015

Green tape committee releases predictable report

Green tape committee releases predictable report

February 23, 2015

Water citizenship: advancing community involvement in water governance

Water citizenship: advancing community involvement in water governance

January 23, 2015

Tasmanian protest laws will have chilling effect

Tasmanian protest laws will have chilling effect

January 15, 2015

Democratic rights: news and media

September 21, 2018

International experts slam Victoria’s failure to control power station pollution

August 14, 2018

Wyndham’s eyesore tip gets expansion green light (Bay 93.9)

July 27, 2018

Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry

June 25, 2018

Community enforcement a step further (Latrobe Valley Express)

June 22, 2018

Submission on the Victorian Clean Air Statement

June 21, 2018

Inclusion of community rights a big step forward for Victorian environment law